Rivaled perhaps only by Champagne and Napa, there is no area in the world more closely associated with its fabulous vineyards than Bordeaux. Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux offers more than 100,000 vineyards. The city of Bordeaux, found along the Garonne River, has been the region’s wine capital for decades, with its illustrious past on display in the Golden Triangle area’s ornate buildings.

Itinerary

Sunday
We will meet you at Bordeaux St Jean TGV station and transport you by large private air conditioned van to your Chateau home for the week. Enjoy a meet-and-greet featuring locally produced wines. Then relax until it is time for a Gourmet Welcome Dinner by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures.

Monday
After breakfast at the Chateau, we will begin our week with a day of merlot exploration Our professional guide from Bella Wine Tours. He will treat us to a full visit to the cellars at Chateau de la Riviere, our home for the week, followed by a tasting of three wines.
After this wonderful experience, we will drive on in our private van to Pomerol and visit and taste at a top Pomerol Chateau. Then on to Saint Emilion where we will *lunch in the old village of Saint Emilion and have time afterwards to explore the old cobbled streets, the churches and to sample some maccarons! Feeling content we will then move on to a top Saint Emilion Chateau for a full visit and tasting at a Grand Cru Classe (or maybe a Premier). We will then return to Chateau.
Breakfast and dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.

Tuesday
Breakfast and then we will explore the surrounding towns in the lovely Bordeaux countryside.
Breakfast and dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.

Wednesday
After an early breakfast at the Chateau, we depart for the Medoc area and begin a full day of exploring some cabernet based reds and some famous Chateaux in Margaux, St.Julien and Pauillac. We will visit one Grand Cru Classe Chateau in the morning including a full visit followed by a tasting. *Lunch will be in a small family owned restaurants in the village of St. Julien. We will then visit two more Grand Cru Classe Chateaux in the afternoon. Each Chateau will show a contrast in style and always top quality. Upon completion, we will return to the Chateau in the early evening.
Breakfast and dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.

Thursday
Today, after breakfast we will drive a short distance to discover the beautiful city of Bordeaux. Thursday is market day in Bordeaux and this is a wonderful experience of sights, flavors and delicious aromas! In historical times, around 300 BC it was the settlement of a Celtic tribe, the Bituriges Vivisci, who named the town Burdigala, probably of Aquitanian origin. The name Bourde is still the name of a river south of the city. The 18th century was the golden age of Bordeaux. Many downtown buildings (about 5,000), including those on the quays, are from this period. Victor Hugo found the town so beautiful he once said: “Take Versailles, add Antwerp, and you have Bordeaux”. Baron Haussmann, a long-time prefect of Bordeaux, used Bordeaux’s 18th-century large-scale rebuilding as a model when he was asked by Emperor Napoleon III to transform a then still quasi-medieval Paris into a “modern” capital that would make France proud.
Breakfast and dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.

Friday

After breakfast we will rejoin our guide for another day exploring the Graves and Sauternes area at three top quality Chateaux tasting some incredible dry whites, reds and sweet wines.

Breakfast and dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.

Saturday
Breakfast then transportation to a local train station for your return home (or your next destination).
Breakfast provided by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.
Due to the exclusivity and prestige of this Adventure, we must have 5 Adventurers booked to conduct this Adventure, but we can accommodate up to 8 Adventurers.

Accommodations

For your wonderful week in Bordeaux you will be residing in a magnificent Chateau in the region of Fronsac, east of the city of Bordeaux. Here we will enjoy daily breakfasts, an amazing pool with a stunning view and you will be treated like royalty. Two centuries ago, the wine from Fronsac dominated the wine from Libournes (Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Castillon). They had a strong reputation and were sold at higher prices than the wines from Saint-Emilion & Pomerol. Nowadays, the Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac regions are the biggest gallo roman berceaux of vines from the Bordeaux region. The first vines planted in Fronsac dated back 2000 years. After having built a watchtower above La Motte de La Rivière in 769, Charlemagne built a mighty fortress “Campus Francorum” in 770 from which comes the name Fronsac. In 1663, the duke of Richelieu acquired the lands from the duchy of Fronsac.
At the heart of a large renowned vineyard, Château La Rivière raises its Renaissance architecture. Château La Rivière, which dates back to the Carolingian period, was originally located on a castle mound, west of the current location it has occupied since the fourteenth century. It was then the property of the family L’Isle, who received it in thanks for their loyalty to the King of England during the Hundred Years War. However, dissatisfied with the behavior of the son of Gaston de l’Isle, the English King Edward III eventually withdrew the Château and gave it to Airin Alberd. The L’Isle family only recovered the castle at the end of the war and rebuilt the building at the end of the sixteenth century. But the Château La Rivière did not end its adventures as it was sold as national property during the French Revolution. It then underwent deep restorations thanks to the famous Viollet-le-Duc in the nineteenth century. Today the castle, consisting of a large complex of buildings grouped around three courtyards, is a neo-Renaissance building.
The coat of arms that we can see on the Château La Rivière are those of the family of L’Isle, owner of the castle until the Revolution. The family coat of arms of the L’Isle family date back to the time of the first crusades. They emphasize the family relationship with the King of England since one can recognize a rampant lion with its sparse mane, akin to the leopards of the Plantagenet dynasty.
The cellars of the Château La Rivière are old quarries from which white stone has long been extracted for the construction of the region. Visitors to the Château La Rivière can admire the seven acres of cellars where the wine produced on the property is aging in barrels and then bottled.

Price and What's Included

Tour cost is included.  Ground transfers to “your home for the week” from Bordeaux rail station and back to the rail station, daily ground transportation by air conditioned van, all breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners, when dining at accommodations are included. Luxury accommodations are included.
Airfare is not included. 

(We can meet you at Charles de Gaulle Airport and escort you via TGV rail to the local rail station should you desire for a cost of $150 per person.)
Rail fare to and from local TGV station is not included and will be added to your balance.
Travel Insurance is required and can be bought on line from Travelguard.com/ or Allianz Travel Insurance.com.
$3200 pp single occupancy
$2950 pp double occupancy
 Nonrefundable deposit of $750 pp due upon booking.
Adventure balance is due June 6, 2017 and can be paid online